Practicing for New Zealand tour in Australia didn’t look like a logical decision but Bangladesh team management was very happy with that and they enjoyed that 10-day long tour. Was that really that effective?
The performance in limited overs series doesn’t speak so. Bangladesh lost all 6 matches (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) in that with such poor display of consistency and dedication. BCB could have managed few extra days in New Zealand for Tigers before the series but they liked Australia over New Zealand.
Now, when the first test is so near and we think about Bangladesh’s future in that, nothing but fear comes into the mind suddenly. Green pitches in Wellington and fast bowlers like Trent Boult with Tim Southee can get the hell out of Bangladeshi batsmen. Moreover, Bangladesh had not played any practice match for the test series and the team is filled with Injuries.
About this, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selector, Habibul Bashar said, “To tell you the truth, the board tried to shoehorn in a longer-version tour game before the Tests. But there was a problem with their [New Zealand Cricket’s] scheduling. Admittedly, it will be difficult to play the Tests without a warm-up as New Zealand are strong at home and we are not used to their conditions.”
Meanwhile, it’ll be better for everyone to know about New Zealand’s record in home condition. The Blackcaps have won 10 of their 20 test matches over the last five years. Do you want to know the number of lost matches? Answer will shock you as It’s only ‘3’.
You can add the recent picture of the pitch in your mind too with that record. Moreover, the windy condition will surely trouble us like the limited overs series.
Bangladesh skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim was wondered when he had seen the pitch for the first time. He was only half-joking when he said yesterday that he could not make out the pitch from the outfield. And it is not likely to become much more distinguishable come tomorrow morning as the Kiwis have packed their side with five pace bowlers.
Habibul Bashar further said, “The ODIs and T20Is have not featured the typical New Zealand wickets, but I think Wellington will have that kind of pitch for the Tests as they have included so many fast bowlers.”
BCB selector and former captain of Bangladesh added with high hopes, “There is a certain belief that comes from spending so much time in the country. The nervousness of playing in new conditions will have gone, but still a practice match would have been helpful as it is a big adjustment from T20Is to Tests.”
He lastly said, “I believe the pacers will bowl well in the Tests. They have to rein themselves in and bowl in the right areas, which is the most important thing on pitches such as these.”
Anyways, whatever the situation is, this is sure that Tigers had lack of practices. And now, one of the toughest task is ahead of the Bangladesh team and they need to work very hard for having success in that.